2011 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1137092 Wine Spectator

 A sanguine thread weaves from start to finish, surrounded by fleshy plum, blackberry and licorice notes. A floral hint adds charm on the finish.  (12/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Montfaucon crafts their Côtes du Rhône to express the intense fruit characteristics of the appellation, highlighted in 2011 by an extended summer lasting through September. A blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault and 10% Carignan, the wine has been fermented and aged in concrete tanks for 18 months. Concrete fermentation and aging is a common method in France, but also now being adopted even for premium Rhone-styled wines in the New World. The aromatics are "full of intense red fruit raspberries, cherries and blackcurrant," according to the winery's notes, "with hints of peppery and floral notes of violettes. The mouthfeel is suave and round finishing with silky tannins."

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/20/2014  | Send Email
If you're still searching for a very well-priced Côte du Rhône red that will embellish virtually any dish that isn't a fish, then this is it. A classic, unoaked blend of Rhone varieties: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Carignane, reveling in bright red and black fruit aromas with a touch of warm spice and subtle violet aftertones, this elegant, smoothly-textured beauty brings everything to your table, delivering glass after glass of harmonious pleasure.

By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/14/2014  | Send Email
Chateaux de Montfaucon amazes me once again--this time at an even better value! I tasted their Lirac "Baron Louis" couple weeks back, and it was great, but I'm BLOWN AWAY by the quality of their Côtes du Rhône. Dark cherry, raspberry, black pepper; great mouthfeel and hints of smokey flavor. I love it with prime rib, but this wine is extremely versatile to pair with many other dishes. I love the fact that my wallet can handle this as an everyday wine, while my palate is plenty pleased with the quality. My suggestion? Grab a few bottles before I take them all for myself!

By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2013  | Send Email
Wow! Chateau de Montfaucon has delivered once again on a delicious Rhone red at an exceptional value. To fans of the winery this probably comes as no surprise, however I am shouting from the rooftops that the 2011 release is my absolute favorite ever! Classic in its proportions (fruit, acidity, tannins and alcohol) while also modern in its winemaking (clean, fresh, vibrant fruit) this Cotes du Rhone is the absolute package and a serious over acheiver. A++

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14